Climbing Areas

The information on these pages is not designed to be a comprehensive guide to all the climbing areas in the region, nor an exhaustive source of beta (see Mountain Project for much of that). Instead, you will find info on the crag, what to expect from the climbing and any special access notes or other information. Please respect all closures or special access notes, good climber behavior helps keep areas open!

Asheboro Boulders

North Carolina

Area rep: Brian Payst [email protected]

Fantastic granite boulders located just outside of Asheboro. Per the terms of our lease, in order to boulder here you need to be a CCC member.

The Asheboro boulders are a prime winter bouldering area: the...

Big Rock

South Carolina

Area Rep: Brad Caldwell [email protected]

Located near Pickens, SC Big Rock is the only significant cliff open year-round in SC. Through a partnership with Naturaland Trust we were able to officially open this wonderful place to climbers. Big Rock faces south...

Crowders Mountain

North Carolina

Area Rep: Cori Alice [email protected]

Crowders Mountain State Park provides convenient climbing near a major NC city. With easily accessible top rope anchors on a number of crags and quality bolted lead routes, Crowders has a little something for everyone. Throw in the Dixon School Road boulders (reached via the aptly named Boulders...

Hidden Valley

Virginia

Area rep: Mike Trew [email protected]

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What to Expect

Hidden Valley is a sandstone cliff band ranging up to...

Laurel Knob

North Carolina

Area rep: Jeremiah Haas [email protected]

The tallest cliff in the Eastern U.S., Laurel Knob was the first acquisition in the CCC's history. Big and wild, Laurel is home to fantastic slab and water groove climbing. Laurel's remote location and height make for a truly unique experience and it's likely you will be...

Looking Glass Rock

North Carolina

Area rep: Mike Reardon [email protected]

Looking Glass Rock is probably the most iconic climbing area in the S.E. and certainly one of the most well-known and well-visited.

This 600' granite monolith rises imposingly out of the center of the Pisgah National Forest in the Shining Rock Wilderness.  As...

Moore's Wall

North Carolina

Area Rep: Neil Rankin [email protected]

Amazing quartzite in the NC piedmont. With numerous classic routes, including one of the best 5.7s in the state (Zoo View), Moore's is an excellent destination for the trad climber. Routes at Moore's require a cool head, the ability to place good gear in sometime less...

Pilot Mountain

North Carolina

Area rep:  Neil Rankin [email protected]

Easy access and pleasant winter temps make Pilot one of the most popular crags in the state, particularly during cooler days. It can get hot here in the summer.

Directions

From Winston Salem, follow Highway 52 North. Look for signs for...

Rumbling Bald

North Carolina

Area rep: Mike Reardon [email protected]

Southern exposure, classic lines of all grades and world class bouldering make Rumbling Bald a mandatory part of the winter climbing circuit in the South. From long slab routes to overhung roof cracks, Rumbling Bald has something for everyone. That same southern...

Sauratown

North Carolina

Area rep: Neil Rankin [email protected]

Carolina Climbers Coalition has reached an agreement with the owners of Sauratown, previously one of the most popular winter destinations in the NC Piedmont. Home to a number of classic trad lines and a number of excellent sport climbs, the area has been closed for many...

Ship Rock

North Carolina

Area rep: Mike Trew [email protected]

A popular and easily accessible crag, Ship sees a lot of action in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Piedmont climbers looking for relief from the heat turn to Ship's cooler heights and classic routes. Although there are a couple of bolted routes, Ship is primarily a trad climbing...

Stone Mountain

North Carolina

Area rep: Mike Trew [email protected]

Slab climbing at its finest, Stone is a winter destination for NC climbers and visitors alike. Long runouts are common, but the climbing is reasonably safe. Stone is a head game for the leader, seconding routes is much easier and it's not uncommon for beginners to follow 5.9...

Table Rock

South Carolina

Area Reps: Tom Caldwell [email protected], Brad Caldwell [email protected]

Table Rock is home to the tallest and most wild cliff in the Upstate! This granitoid gneiss dome features some of the best and boldest face climbing in the southeast...

Whitesides Mountain

North Carolina

Area rep: Jeremiah Haas [email protected]

 

Nestled amongst the granite domes common to Western Carolina, Whiteside is unique for the area since it sits at a much higher elevation and is made of diorite schist and feldspar. This rock type yields steeper and much more featured terrain than the local...